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Marko Grujic explains his decision to spend another year at Hertha

By Rune Gjerulff

Liverpool's Marko Grujic has explained why he wanted to extend his loan spell at Hertha BSC by another year.

Marko Grujic (middle).
Marko Grujic (middle).Photo: Kevin Walsh, Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0
Hertha BSC recently announced that they have extended the loan spell of Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic by another year after his successful 2018/19 campaign.

Grujic was also linked with the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, but he wanted to continue his development in the German capital.

When asked why he wanted to stay at Hertha, Grujic told Sport Bild:

"There were several [reasons]. I didn't want to leave Hertha halfway. I'm not done with Hertha yet. We can do more as a team as well. A top-seven finish is possible."

One of the main reasons why Grujic wanted to stay is Ante Covic, Hertha's new head coach who previously worked as the coach of the club's reserves.

"A year ago, Ante was the first one from Hertha to call me. He told me which plans Hertha had with me, and that I could fully exploit my potential here. This summer, he played a big part in my decision to stay. I'm happy that he's now my coach. I'm very pleased with the first few days [under Covic], and I'm not the only one," Grujic said.

The central midfielder made 22 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha last season with five goals and one assist to his name.

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